WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM? by Studio 158

WHERE DO BABIES COME FROM?

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A parent answers a young child’s question, sharing about how babies are made and develop.

Operating within a very traditional framework, this story begins by describing how “mommy and daddy met each other and fell in love.” Soothing background music and sound effects complement gentle narration and soft illustrations. Easy-to-use controls allow readers to choose narration and text in eight different languages: Russian, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese or Chinese. After readers pass through a parental lock (a simple arithmetic problem), they learn about how a woman’s “cell” and a man’s “seed” are needed to make a baby. “Once daddy’s seed found it's [sic] way into mommy’s tummy and met with mommy’s cell. They came together and that’s how you were conceived.” Throughout, the narrative chooses to avoid simple anatomical terms such as uterus, egg and sperm. Illustrations show a white man and woman more or less realistically naked, but when readers tap them, they move their hands to cover their private parts. This simple interactive element reinforces, probably unintentionally, the message that the simple facts of reproduction and development are shameful. Readers would be better served by Robie H. Harris and Nadine Bernard Westcott’s What's in There (2013), which uses clear, direct, anatomically correct language. The use of the second-person direct address in conjunction with Caucasian characters is also problematic.

Several print books address this same question in far better ways. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad informational app. 2-5)


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Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 2014
Publisher: Studio 158
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2014




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